Normally, I don't revive old threads. But this one NEEDS it...
Jane Margaret Laight wrote:
"I haven't found anything else on that site after (1976), so
maybe his wife took him back."
Doesn't look like it. Unfortunately, the link within this link is
broken. But the excerpts are telling.
When you click on "more" and scroll down to the three pages
of comments, you'll find yourself on the third page. Click on
page 1. Way down, on August 1, 2014, 3:18 am, you'll find a
link to the alt.obituaries thread!
Soon after that, "Z" says:
August 1, 2014 at 7:14 am
*jaw drops* I’ve heard of this guy before – he was featured
in a Russian book from the 1970s that describes the journey
of two Soviet journalists in the US (“Zemlya zad okeanom”,
A Land Beyond the Ocean). They didn’t take him seriously
(“Every village needs its fool”), he’s included as an amusing
detail in the description of the White House.
But here's the best part:
August 1, 2014 at 7:19 am
Okay, so I got curious and started googling to find the rest
of this guy’s story. According to a Google groups discussion
through one of those links, his wife’s name was Lillian, she
died in 1984 and he was born in 1925 and died in 1981.
I found a (cached) page detailing their divorce (she brought
the action, and he tried to get it dismissed) and it needs to
be read because it is AWESOME. Quote:
On February 24, 1978, the wife filed a complaint for divorce,
alleging indignities and desertion. The lower court appointed a
master, who held a hearing on April 20. On April 26, the master
filed a report recommending that the wife be granted a divorce
on both of the alleged grounds. On November 28, the lower
court dismissed the husband’s exceptions to the master’s report,
stating that “[t]he Court cannot conceive of a woman who more
richly deserves a divorce than Lillian A. Britton.”
The parties were married on May 20, 1950, in Franklin Center,
Pennsylvania. From the outset, the marriage was troubled. The
parties frequently argued about financial matters. The wife wanted
new furniture for their house, but the husband thought her
unreasonable. On one occasion, the husband forced the wife to
return certain groceries because he thought her purchase of them
unnecessary. In 1964, the husband refinanced the mortgage on the
parties’ home in order to finance the purchase of ten commercial
“spots” on local television. The husband used the spots to discuss
religious matters and “how to buy a used car.” The wife thought
they could not afford the spots, but agreed to them because she
was afraid that otherwise the husband would scold her.
Throughout the marriage, the husband accused his wife of having
committed indiscretions with other men prior to their marriage.
The husband would “rant and rave” and “make life miserable”
whenever he brought this subject up. On one occasion, he threw
a dish at her, and on another occasion, he paddled her. Also,
the husband continually “scolded” his wife. He criticized her for
being late to church, although she explained that she had to get
their three children prepared to go. He did not like her associating
with other people. He did not permit her to join the Parent-Teacher
Association at the childrens’ school.
(end of excerpts)
Sad to say, I couldn't find the rest of that cached document.